Mike Portnoy Interested in Collaborating With Opeth's Akerfeldt: 'Would Love to, Let's Go Man!'

Drummer very open for a new project, more info inside.

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Back in 2010, Mike Portnoy was involved with a project featuring Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt.

Although the trio kicked things off nicely, Mike was ultimately left out of the equation due to the lack of need for any sort of drumming on the material the guys have composed.

But during a recent Q&A session on Twitter, Portnoy was asked to address the matter once again, sharing an open stance about the idea.

Asked by a fan if he's "ever gonna team up with Akerfeldt for a project," the drummer replied, "Can't do a Q&A without this Q! Would love to ... Let's go man!"

The 2010 split was an amicable one, so there's definitely no bad blood between the guys to prevent further collaborations.

"To be honest, there's just no room for drums on what we've done so far," Akerfeldt told Classic Rock about four years ago. "I called Mike up, and he was cool about it. He's got so much going on anyway, and I'm sure we will work together in the future."

During the rest of the Q&A, Mike has also unveiled that the Winery Dogs have tracked down eight cover songs while recording their debut record, which are "sadly collecting dust."

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    Holy shit, this was really refreshing. Two amazing musicians that had to go separate ways and were totally cool about it.
    I'm still quite sure that his split with DT had a lot more stuff that had happened beneath the surface (...unintended, I swear) that we still don't know and not sure we ever will. MP wouldn't just leave like that, but then nobody in the band has the kind of personality to just tell him "gtfo" after so many years, even James who seemed to have the most tense relationship with him. There must have been some more conflicts earlier.
    Typical UG...you could at least have mentioned that "the material the guys have composed" is the brilliant "Storm Corrosion" album.
    Mike Portnoy interested in collaborating with anyone who can help him be better than Dream Theater
    Never gonna happen, although The Winery Dogs are an incredible band. Of course, Dream Theater became great with him and partly because of him so he wins in that regard.
    As a fan of both Opeth and Winery Dogs, I'm all for it as long as it doesn't push back new stuff from Winery Dogs. "Elevate" was straight rippin'.